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The Van-Far Little Indians 3rd and 4th grade football team played the Monroe City Panthers on Saturday, September 13 on their home Field.
They took the field first, won the coin toss, and choose to kick off. The Panthers were able to work their way down the field to score a touchdown with an extra- point early for a 7-0 lead
The Little Indians fought to push their way down the field with Colin Martin (30 yards), Gavin Allen (15 yards), and Morgan Regot (10 yards) but they just were unable to find the endzone. This forced them to turnover on downs going into the second quarter.
The Panthers found a hole with 9:30 left in the first half and scored another touchdown with an extra point to push their lead to 14-0.
Van-Far’s offense came out ready. Linemen Christian Shearon and Lance Fort had some great blocks that allowed their running backs Regot to get 20 yards, Martin to pick up 15 yards, and Gage Gibbson to pick up 10 yards.
With 2:20 left in first half, quarterback Gavin Allen made a 35 yard run for a touchdown with a successful extra point to close the gap to 14-7.
With the Panthers back in possession of the ball, they moved quickly down the field and were able to score one last time in the first half with 1:30 left on the clock for a 21-7 halftime lead.
At the beginning of the second half, the Indians were in the possession of the ball and Martin was able to find a path for a 45-yard touchdown run.
The extra point closed the gap to 21-14.
The Panthers were back in possession of the ball and worked their way up the field to their endzone with a failed extra point to make the score 27-14. The rest of the of the game Indians fought to find their way to the endzone again but fell short each time. The defensive line was unable to hold the Panthers back and they were able to find their endzone a few more times, The final score was 48-14.
5th and 6th grade team
The 5th and 6th took the field next and the Panthers won the toss and chose to kick it off.
The Little Indians fought to move the ball down the field but were unable to find a hole and was forced to turn the ball over on downs.
With the Panthers in possession, they worked towards their endzone but they fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Indians Garrett Schmidt.
Running backs Bryson Lay and Darius Starks tried to get the ball down the field after each had 20 yard rushes. They just were unable to find a path and once again had to turn the ball over.
The Panthers were able to make another score before the clock ran out in the first quarter, with an extra point failing, pushg the score to 12-0. The Little Indians fought hard thru second quarter but couldn’t find the endzone. The defense tried to hold the Panthers back from their endzone but were unable to, leaving the score 27-0 at halftime.
Going into the second half of the game, the Little Indians just couldn’t get a touchdown and turned the ball over.
The Panthers were able to score again pulling further away with a 33-0 lead at the end of third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Little Indians’ quarterback Dalton Bailey fired the ball to Schmidt for a 25 yard gain.
Starks was handed the ball and was able to find a hole for a 55 yard rush to score the Indians first touchdown of the game as the extra point was no good.
With :30 left in the game the Panthers made one final touchdown, bringing the final score to 39-6. The Little Indians will travel to Paris on Saturday, September 20.